Spring is finally here, but this also means that flu season is just around the corner. I’m one of those people who definitely feels like the change in weather affects my health. Catching a cold in the spring has become a routine for me. Especially working with kids, the viruses at work spread like the plague. Over the years I have learned to nip that cold as soon as I feel any slight sign of weakness with easy home recipes. So if you are feeling a tickle in your throat or anticipating a cold give these natural home remedies a try, and that pesky sickness will be gone before you know it!
- Tea with honey and lemon
Getting lots of fluids in your system moistens the throat and keeps you hydrated, which is good for building your immune system back up. Honey is known to have antibacterial properties and is used to ease a sore throat. Lemons have lots of vitamin C that your immune system needs in order to build back up again. Don’t forget to implement some oranges and tangerines into your diet as well, all citrus fruits have a lot of vitamin C that your body needs during a cold.
- Chicken Soup
I think everyone has heard that chicken soup is good for when you are sick. While being delicious it can also help with congestion and thinning out the mucus. Try adding some garlic into the mix as well. Garlic is known to kill germs by being a natural antibiotic.
- Gargling with salt water
Just a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough to reduce pain in your sore throat. You can also add a bit of baking soda as it is known for minimizing cough symptoms as well. Nasal congestion can also be fought off by flushing your sinus with the salt water. But don’t forget that the water you use should be boiled, sanitized, or distilled.
- Ginger root
Drop a few slices of ginger root into boiling water, this can soothe your sore throat and help with that annoying cough. Ginger is also known to help with nausea and headaches if you feel you have a fever coming on.
Even though it might be wise to invest in a humidifier, not everyone has one in their house. If your congested nose is annoying you, there is another way out. Boil some water and hold your head over it (obviously be careful not to burn yourself with the steam). Increased humidity helps reduce nasal inflammation making it easier for you to breathe. Try adding some essential oils in there too like peppermint and eucalyptus, which can also help with the congestion.
Chamomile is known not only for calming effects but also for reducing inflammation. Make some chamomile tea and enjoy the soothing taste. If you have dry, red eyes you can also dab or place cotton pads over your eyes soaked in chamomile tea.
Hopefully, you won’t be a victim to the spring cold season. However, if you do feel like your immune system needs a boost, these simple natural recipes can help you out. Before reaching for that Advil bottle, give these remedies a try. Don’t put unnecessary chemicals in your body when you have the cure for the common cold right at your fingertips already.
Featured image via Rachel Connell